Charles Soludo is the winner of the Anambra Governorship election which began on November 6, 2021.
AllNews Nigeria has obtained a profile and biography of Charles Soludo for readers who will want to know more about the former CBN governor.
Biography Of Charles Soludo, Anambra Governor-Elect
Real name: Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR
Date of birth: 28 July 1960
Country of Origin: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Nickname: Dr. Soludo
Net worth: N/A
Marital Status: Married to Nonye Chukwuma
Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Born on the 28th of July 1960, Charles Chukwuma Soludo hails from Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria.
When he was eight years old, Charles Soludo lost his mother Mgbafor in his hometown of Isuanioma near Isuofia, in Anambra State.
Not many details are known about his childhood, however, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has always had a knack for being a scholar. This is obvious in his academic pursuit and his subsequent career choice as a lecturer.
He is married to Nonye Chukwuma and blessed with six children.
Right after his primary and secondary education, Charles Chukwuma Soludo pursued his Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Nsukka, Enugu state.
Being a scholar and a bright student, he graduated with a First-Class degree in 1984. Three years after this, in 1987, Charles Chukwuma Soludo undertook his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Nsukka, Enugu State. His Ph.D. was also in Economics from the same university. In both of these graduate studies, Charles Soludo was exceptional as he bagged First Class results in both with various awards.
Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s brilliant mind and scholastic sense in the field of Macroeconomics has taken him on a lecturing and researching spree both locally and Internationally.
He started his career as academia quite early. In 1998, Charles Soludo became a professor of Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and in 1999, he became a visiting professor at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA.
Prof. Charles Soludo has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, the University of Cambridge, the Brookings Institution, the University of Warwick, and the University of Oxford. At these universities, he lectures on various aspects of Economics, some of which are multi-country macro-econometric modeling, techniques of computable general equilibrium modeling, survey methodology, and panel data econometrics.
Every professor has publications to his/her name; it is one of the hallmarks of being a veteran. The same can be said of Charles Soludo.
In addition to the numerous publications in his name, he has also co-authored and authored numerous books. Some of his publications include;
“North-South Macroeconomic Interactions: Comparative Analysis using the MULTIMOD and INTERMOD global models”, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Brookings discussion papers in international economics, Brookings Institution (1992)
“Implications of alternative macroeconomic policy responses to external shocks in Africa”, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Development research papers series, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Socio-Economic Research and Planning Division (1993)
“Growth performance in Africa: Further evidence on the external shocks versus domestic policy debate”, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Development research papers series, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Socio-Economic Research and Planning Division (1993)
“The Consequences of US Fiscal Actions in a Global Model with Alternative Assumptions about the Exchange Regime in Developing Countries”, Ralph C. Bryan and Charles Chukwuma Soludo. Chapter 13 in David Currie and David Vines, eds., North-South Linkages and International Macroeconomic Policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Centre for Economic Policy Research. (Brookings Discussion Paper in International Economics No. 103. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, February 1994.)
“Macroeconomic adjustment, trade, and growth: Policy analysis using a macroeconomic model of Nigeria”, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, AERC research paper, African Economic Research Consortium (1995) ISBN 9966-900-26-8 ISBN 978-9966900265, Soludo, Charles Chukwuma (1998). Macroeconomic Policy Modelling of African Economies. Acena. ISBN 978-2114-29-4.
“Our Continent, Our Future: African Perspectives on Structural Adjustment”, T. Mkandawire and C.C. Soludo, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, 1999, in Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 1:2, 1999.
“African Voices on Structural Adjustment: A Companion to Our Continent, Our Future”, Edited by Thandika Mkandawire and Charles C. Soludo. At least three editions: IDRC/CODESRIA/Africa World Press 2002, ISBN 0-88936-888-0, 280 pp.; Paperback, ISBN 978-0-88936-888-0 Jan 2003; Africa World Press 2003, ISBN 0-86543-779-3. Okonjo-Iweala, Ngozi; Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Mansur Muhtar (2002). The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy. Africa World Press. ISBN 1-59221-001-5.
“The Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy in Africa: Forced Consensus”, Edited by Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Michael Osita Ogbu and Ha-Joon Chang, Africa World Press (January 2004), ISBN 1-59221-164-X, ISBN 978-1-59221-164-7 (Also International Development Research Centre, ISBN 1-59221-165-8)
“Potential Impacts of the New Global Financial Architecture on Poor Countries”, Edited by Charles Soludo, Musunuru Rao, ISBN 978-2-86978-158-0, 80 pages, 2006, CODESRIA, Senegal, Paperback
In 2003, Professor Charles Soludo joined the Nigerian government as the Chief Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission of Nigeria.
In May 2004, he became the Chairman of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Also, he got an appointment from the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to be part of the newly formed 8-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) on the 16th of September 2019.
In 2010, he campaigned to be the Governor of his hometown. However, he lost to Peter Obi during the elections. But it seems, the erudite professor didn’t give up on politics as is evident in his participation in the Anambra State gubernatorial election in which he emerged victorious.
Awards And Recognitions
Professor Soludo has been honoured severally. A list of some of the awards and recognition he has received includes:
- Red Cross awards for his contributions to the development of the society – 2018.
- The Banker Magazine published by the Financial Times of London named him the Global and African Central Bank Governor of the Year – 2005, 2006 and 2007
- Global Banker’s Award in London – 2006
- D.SC (Honoris Causa) by the University of Calabar.
- Financial Times of London named him a Great Reformer.
- Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi honoured him with a D.SC (Honoris Causa).
- Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) – Nigeria’s third-highest national honour.
Charles Chukwuma Soludo has been known for his high taste for class. Though not much public details are known about his personal cars, however, he has often been reported commuting in conveys of at least seven exotic automobiles.
When the former CBN governor was in office, he had a place of residence at 14 Daresalam Street, Wuse 11, Abuja, which is one of the most expansive areas in Abuja.
Prof Soludo has also lived in Ethiopia, the UK, and the USA and traveled to 45 other countries as an itinerant scholar and consultant to 20 international organizations including the World Bank, IMF, European Union, AfDB, USAID, UK-DFID, UNDP, UNCTAD.